Gluten-Free Diet

If you have celiac disease, you will need to adopt a gluten-free diet to eliminate your symptoms. So how do you know if you have celiac disease?

“It can be difficult to determine whether you have celiac disease because the symptoms are similar to those of other gastrointestinal conditions,” says Michael R. Freeman, MD, gastroenterologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Those symptoms include gas, abdominal swelling, diarrhea, vomiting, unexplained weight loss and fatigue.”

Freeman-Michael_MG_0104If you suspect you might have celiac disease, talk to your doctor about eliminating gluten from your diet. Gluten is found in products containing wheat, barley or rye, including bread, crackers and many types of beer.

“Some people decide to try a gluten-free diet to help them lose weight or gain energy, but there has been no evidence that this type of diet can do either of those things,” says Freeman.

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